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AHA Celebrates 12th Annual National Wear Red Day On Feb 6th

The American Heart Association has designated February 6th, 2015, as National Wear Red Day to raise awareness about women and heart disease.

According to the AHA’s site, heart disease remains the leading killer of women in spite of widespread knowledge of the risks. About 43 million women are affected by cardiovascular disease. Since 1984, more women than men had died each year from heart disease and stroke, and about 55,000 more women than men have a stroke each year.

About 80% of heart disease and stroke events among women are preventable, according to the AHA. The association recommends that all women visit their healthcare provider to check their numbers, i.e., blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose. Lifestyle changes are important, including not smoking, losing weight, being physically active, and eating healthy.

To continue raising awareness about heart disease, the AHA encourages people to "Wear red, Go Red, or paint your community red, and then share your pictures on Twitter with the hash tag #GoRedSelfie through Feb. 28."

Thousands of Wear Red events, from free cholesterol screenings to Zumba classes to cocktail parties and galas will take place on February 6th. For more information, visit or connect via Facebook at